Applications for the Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme BEEP (sucklers) for 2020 opened last week.
The BEEP-S programme, with a funding provision of €35m in 2020, will target weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves, by measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow’s live weight.
Participants will also be encouraged to implement optional health and welfare measures.
Participants completing all mandatory and optional actions available will be eligible for up to €90 for the first ten suckler cow/calf pairs per herd, and up to €80 per pair thereafter, subject to a maximum of 100 pairs per herd.
The mandatory weighing action pays €50 per cow/calf weighing per herd (first ten), and €40 per cow/calf weighing thereafter. It measures the ratio of calf weight at weaning to maternal weight, to identify the most economic and environmentally efficient suckler cows in the herd.
An optional action to improve suckler calf health and welfare at weaning pays €30, with a choice of a vaccination programme or a pre-weaning meal feeding programme.
Another optional action pays €10 for participation in a faecal egg testing programme for control of liver and rumen fluke in adult suckler cows.
Applications must be made online, the closing date is May 15, 2020.
Meal feeding at €30 per calf weighed or vaccination at €30 per calf.
Faecal egg testing at €10 per cow.
Animals must be weighed individually and on the same day. All details relating to scales, weighing procedure, and recording weights are in the terms and conditions.
n a rental model, whereby participants rent scales from an approved field service agent to undertake the BEEP weight recording process.
n or owned, borrowed or using a third-party service providers’ scales. This is where a farmer can use their own scales or one belonging to a third party. These scales will have to be pre-registered with ICBF as per the terms and conditions.